Hello, I have a problem. I have a paint mare and I trail ride her western. Now I told my parents that I want to learn english so I can show in english and maybe eventually show jump. Now my mom could care less what I do, but her boy friend said that I can't do it and he doesnt even know why im thinking of doing it because I will do it once and never ride it again. So I need people's opion who do english if I should try it because i'm really interested but he keeps telling me I never will. Also can a paint do english because he also said since she is a paint, she wouldnt look good doing english. So I told him to buy me another horse then, one I could do english with, he laughed at me.
Absolutely go for it! I mean atleast TRY it! Don't feel like you have to commit to it entirely without trying it yet too. If you like it, stay with it, if you don't like it, you can always stop. It's good to try something and see how you feel about it rather than passing on the oppurtunity and wishing you had taken it!
Wow! Of course you can do english and horse can do english. I started my horses western, trail rode them for couple years, and switched to english completely last year without any problem. What I'd advise though is taking some lessons before you buy english tack, because this way you'll have a feeling of it (and whether you like it or not, because not everyone likes english riding).
I started riding western when I was 12 and pretty much only rode western until I was 21, then I took a break from ridding when I got pregnant, Last year(at 24) I got an OTTB and started riding english for the first time(well I did ride english a handful of times when I was younger but you can hardly count that). Now I ride my OTTB english and my moms appy western. English is much harder but it's a lot of fun! Maybe you can take a lesson english and see how you like it before you get any tack? Or borrow a saddle from a friend?
As for doing English, if it's your money buying the tack and lessons, then they have no say in your decision. If it's their money, then you might have to prove your sincerety. Is there any reason, such as other "flash in the pan" type of hobbie interests that you had then lost, that they might not believe fully your committment to this change of "hobby"?